About this Writing Project

Before you start work on a story for this Writing Project, please take a few moments to read these few paragraphs as they describe exactly what is expected of participating authors and their submissions.

A lot of people look down on acrostic poetry, regarding it as cheap and whimsical, where actually it is a complex, challenging poetic form that has ancient roots.  Examples can be found in ancient Greece as well as in the Bible, and the poetic form has been explored by renowned poets and authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Lewis Carrol.

In traditional acrostics, the first letter of each line spells out a word, commonly the title of the poem, when read from top to bottom.  However, over the years authors have explored various different methods, including creating a message using the first word or syllable of each line, using the last letter of each line, using the first and last letter of each line, or even, in the case of double acrostics, using the first and last letters to spell out the same word.  For more information about the history of acrostics, and to see examples, please take a look at the following:

Acrostic Poetry

At The Authors Haunt we encourage authors to experiment with acrostics rather than sticking to hard and fast rules.  Each acrostic should contain a word or message that can be read by taking a letter, syllable or word from each line, read up or down, and the title should usually be that word or message, but we are happy for authors to explore this poetic form as they please.



Sign Up: Signing up to participate in this Writing Project is not required.  Members and authors may simply submit their work unsolicited.

Submission Deadline: This is an ongoing project so there is no deadline for submissions.

Submission procedure: Please submit your stories via the form linked to in the Submissions section of this page.

Poem titles: Authors are free to come up with their own titles.

Copyright and License: By submitting work to, and publishing work as part of, a Writing Project at The Authors Haunt, you grant to The Authors Haunt and its owners a royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, display, publish, and communicate to the public, worldwide, the submitted content, in whole or in part, at The Authors Haunt (or any part thereof, including subsidiary sites).  All rights to said work, including copyright and moral rights, remain the property of the original author.  This license agreement applies to work submitted as part of a Writing Project only.

Please note that by submitting you work to an anthology at The Authors Haunt you are granting us an irrevocable right to display that work.  That means that while you can request your Writing Project submissions be removed, and we will consider that request, we are under no obligation to remove any Writing Project submissions from the site.  As a general rule, we do not remove work published as part of an Writing Project here at The Authors Haunt.  You retain all copyright and moral rights, and are free to publish the work elsewhere from 24 hours after the work is published at The Authors Haunt.

Graphic Usage: The Authors Haunt will create an icon for your submission for use on the Writing Project main page.  This icon will be designed to be in keeping with the Writing Project theme.  Resident Authors are free to submit suitable graphics for use on their sites at The Authors Haunt.  Authors are free to use graphics designed by The Authors Haunt design team on their sites at The Authors Haunt, in their signature on The Authors Haunt Community Forums, or elsewhere provided the graphic is used to link back to their poetry here.  Authors may not use graphics designed by The Authors Haunt design team to link to, or as headers for, work published elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Writing Project coordinator.



Before submitting your work to The Authors Haunt, please ensure that it has been properly edited.  If you have used the services of an editor, we strongly recommend that you provide an acknowledgement note, which can be included in the "Comments" section of the submission form.  Please pay attention to the genre, type, rating and warnings fields and ensure you apply suitable coding in each section.

To submit your work to this Writing Project, please click here.